The Carlisle Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams christen a new facility with two-in-a-row.
The Carlisle Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams continued to break-in a new basketball facility on Tuesday night, as they hosted the Hazen Hornets and Lady Hornets. The Hazen contest is just the second time the Carlisle teams have run the floor, in a game setting, in the new gym. The inaugural games took place on Friday, December 18 as Carlisle downed both the Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball squads from Des Arc.
A part of a larger project, which includes a new High School building, the new 1500-seat gymnasium boasts stadium seating, high-quality lighting, and a four-sided scoreboard suspended above center court. The facility is capable of hosting very large tournament events including regional tournaments. Carlisle will host the 2A-6 district tournament in February.
Not only do the student-athletes enjoy the new facility, but Carlisle basketball fans do too. “They love it. I don’t remember having crowds this big at our old gym. They are very proud,” said Assistant Coach Jonathan Buffalo. The new facility replaces one built in the early 1950s.
For the Carlisle-Hazen contest, approximately 750 people attended the game from both the Carlisle and Hazen communities. The atmosphere was electric.
Lady Bisons edge Lady Hornets
The Carlisle Lady Bisons edged the Hazen Lady Hornets in a heated contest that required an overtime period to determine the winner.
The first period of play ended with the score favoring Carlisle, 14-10. Carlisle gained the advantage by draining a trio of three-points. Guard Whitney Thrift was responsible for two of those treys.
Both teams entered the locker rooms at half time with Carlisle maintaining a slight lead, 18-16. A trio of Lady Hornets - Hancock, Roddy, and Aycock - each contributed a bucket to cut the Carlisle lead.
A half-time, Carlisle coach William Roundtree made both offensive and defensive adjustments which resulted in the Lady Bisons scoring 14 points in the third quarter, while limiting Hazen to just five points. Thrift, McCallie, Keathley and Petrus all made contributions as the score favored Carlisle 32-21 at the end of the third period.
But Hazen did not give up. Sparked by aggressive defense from senior Kelsi Harr and the hot shooting hand of junior Robin Jones, the Hazen Lady Hornets chipped away at the Carlisle lead. Jones threw down ten of Hazen's 18 points during the period including two 3-pointers. Hazen also limited Carlisle to just seven points. Carlisle executed a stall offense with about 2:00 left in the game. However, a couple of mental errors cost the Bisons the lead. The game ended in a 39-39 tie after regulation play.
The overtime period was just as exciting as regulation play, as Lady Bison Whitney Thrift took control of the game. Thrift scored six of the seven team-points for Carlisle giving them the victory over Hazen, 47-43.
For Hazen, Robin Jones and Vannessa Roddy each contributed 13-points in the loosing effort. For Carlisle, Whitney Thrift contributed 19-points, as Kellie Petrus and Lana McCallie added eight-points and seven-points each in the winning effort.
Carlisle Senior Boys down Hazen Senior Boys
As the Carlisle Bisons and Hazen Hornets took the court, Carlisle coach William Roundtree had no time to prep his senior boys for their game. Roundtree coaches both the senior boys and senior girls teams.
Following the tip-off, Hazen put the first points on the scoreboard, but it was Carlisle that had the final word in this game. Carlisle downed Hazen 86-65.
The first period of play ended with the score favoring Carlisle, 18-13. Carlisle’s Keontra Murray was the leading scorer during the first period with seven points.
Carlisle established its superiority during the second period of play, extending their lead to 40-28. Carlisle added 22 points to their total with six players posting buckets.
During the third quarter, Hazen’s Marcus Smith got the hot shooting hand, making 9 of the team’s 17 points. However, the Bisons kept pace with Hazen. The score was 64-45 in favor of Carlisle at the end of the third period.
The final quarter of play was somewhat even. Hazen scored 20 points and Carlisle added 22 points. Carlisle’s 2nd quarter rally was more than the Hornets could over come.
The final score was 86-65 with Carlisle garnering the win.
Following the game, Coach Roundtree commented, “Right now we’ve got a pretty good team. We’re 8-2 overall, 5-0 in conference. We’ve got a lot of potential. But, we’re still trying to find exactly how we want to play. Ten games into it (the season) we need to be an attack type of basketball team.”
Roundtree is currently in his second tenure at Carlisle, having been away from the school district for three years. “I know these kids pretty good. I’ve got a great helper in Coach Buffalo. We work well together.”
The coach added (tongue-in-cheek), “We’ve got quite a tradition going in this facility. We’re 2-0!!”
Marcus Smith led the Hornets team with 26 points, while Dominique Mosby and Patrick Penn added 11 points and 10 points respectively.
Malcolm Murray and Chris Larkin, each with 19 points, led the Bisons offensively, while Keontra Murray added 18 points and D.J. Lowe added 17 points.
article updated on 01/17/10 13:21